Nigerian Student Poetry "Not here or there by Nnedi Ezenwa-Ohaeto"

Nothing is here and nothing is there..Can we find the best of peace..

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Not here or there

Can we find the best of peace

For all these heaps of weary years

That has wrinkled and weakened

Our bones and skins, mind and body,

Revamped

Our dying soul in a form

Devoid of form like

Zombies awaiting

Orders and orders and orders.

Nothing is here and nothing is there

Nothing changes and nothing changes.

 

Not here or there

Can we find the best of peace

As

We know happiness too little

And

We know sadness too much

As

We know happiness and sadness

Too little-too much.

 

Here or there

Is not a home for

Not in every home

Can we find home

Sometimes fear is not fear

But a good choice to be

For many times, happiness

Wrecks our heart, reminding

Us that soon, now or later

We have something lurking

In our hearts, before us

To lose.

 

Not here or there

Can we find the best of peace

For all these heaps of weary years

That has wrinkled and weakened

Our bones and skins, mind and body, Revamped

Our dying soul in a form

Devoid of form like

Zombies awaiting

Orders and orders and orders.

Nothing is here and Nothing is there

Nothing changes and Nothing changes.

 

Nnedi Ezenwa-Ohaeto is a 500-level student of the Department of Law, Faculty of Law, Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka, Anambra State.

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